Speeches by the Prime Minister

Policy Statement – Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the General Debate – 74Th Session of the United Nations General Assembly New York, 27th September 2019
Intervention by Prime Minister of Jamaica the Most Hon Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative High Level Event: Progress and Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls, UNGA, New York
Report delivered by the Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP  on behalf of the Climate Finance and Carbon Pricing Track
Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the High Level Panel on Sustainable Ocean Economy
Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019
Press Statement on the Conclusion of Official Visit of Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

National Heroes Day Message

October, 21 2019
My fellow Jamaicans, my fellow Jamaicans! Jamaica’s heritage is indeed our greatest legacy. The uniqueness of our people, our language, music, folklore, gastronomy, and traditional practices are undeniably amazing. People from all over the world aspire to live breathe and experience the Jamaican lifestyle and want to identify with the Jamaican brand. In that regard, I am pleased to extend a warm Jamaican greeting to one and all. The legacy of our treasured heritage spans generations. The freedom and privileges that we enjoy today and that some may even take for granted; we owe to the fortitude of our National Heroes. Our heritage defines who we are as a people, strong resilient and assertive. Those who continue to preserve, protect and promote our heritage today are national heroes. This week, we recognize outstanding individuals among us who have been inspirational forces, contributing positively to the growth and development of our community and our country at large. As I salute our National Heroes, I also congratulate all Jamaicans who will be honoured for their contribution to nation-building. This year, I encourage all Jamaicans to reflect with genuine pride on our cultural and material heritage. Let us celebrate “Our Heritage…A Great Legacy”. In…
Policy Statement – Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the General Debate – 74Th Session of the United Nations General Assembly New York, 27th September 2019

Policy Statement – Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the General Debate – 74Th Session of the United Nations General Assembly New York, 27th September 2019

September, 27 2019
Theme: “Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion”   Mr. President, I extend heartiest congratulations on your election as President of this 74th Session of the General Assembly and assure you of Jamaica's full support in the work ahead. I must also convey our deepest appreciation to Her Excellency Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, for so ably guiding our work in the preceding session. Mr. President, The United Nations is critical to building a world of peace, security and development. These are the hallmarks of our multilateral collaborative activities of which we can all be justly proud. No individual country can fulfill the development aspirations of its people, without working in partnership with others. We are grateful therefore, to the Secretary General and his team and all who have been the drivers behind the many successful UN initiatives. At the same time, our global space is facing unprecedented risks. These include deepening geopolitical conflicts; heightened trade tensions; terrorist attacks and new security threats. There is also growing religious intolerance, increasing xenophobic behavior and not least of all the devastating effects of climate change. Sadly, we are witnessing these phenomena against the background of fears of a…
Intervention by Prime Minister of Jamaica the Most Hon Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative High Level Event: Progress and Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls, UNGA, New York

Intervention by Prime Minister of Jamaica the Most Hon Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative High Level Event: Progress and Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls, UNGA, New York

September, 27 2019
Mr. Chairman, I join others in commending the European Union for its commitment to partner with others in support of action to empower women and girls. The ‘Spotlight Initiative’ has provided impetus for global action to end gender-based violence. The EU’s substantial financial allocation to that initiative is evidence of its unquestionable commitment to that goal. This multilateral partnership forged between the EU, the UN and beneficiary countries for the implementation of the ‘Spotlight Initiative’, is an excellent model for advocacy on issues of global concern. Gender-based violence, manifested in violence against women and girls, is an issue we all grapple within our societies.  In Jamaica we are no exception, so tackling this issue is of the highest priority for my Government. The abuse of, and persistent acts of violence against women and girls: perpetuate a dysfunctional cycle of societal violence, hinder the economic and social empowerment of women and girls in their daily lives, and; slow the attainment of Goal Five (5) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They must be addressed with urgency. The “Spotlight Initiative” is, therefore, a most timely and commendable one, which will undoubtedly improve the lives of not only women and girls but entire…
Report delivered by the Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP  on behalf of the Climate Finance and Carbon Pricing Track

Report delivered by the Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP on behalf of the Climate Finance and Carbon Pricing Track

September, 24 2019
Secretary General: In attention to our mandate to lead a process of climate finance mobilization; we carefully identified and discussed each of the challenges preventing financing from reaching the most vulnerable and embarked on a thorough process of assessment of existing and new initiatives.  I am therefore pleased to report a few of our main achievements: We collectively encouraged all MDBs to scale-up climate finance ambition from project inception to project delivery, increase finance for adaptation, offer more guarantee instruments, increase private sector leverage and accelerate the deployment of more innovative financing instruments; We advocated with donor countries for an ambitious replenishment of the Green Climate Fund. Just moments before this briefing we wrapped up a luncheon with over 45 countries, both donor and beneficiaries; and I am confident that as a result new ambitious announcements will be made tomorrow; We provided the necessary space for the private sector to be part of this conversation, which generated momentum in the development of strong private sector led initiatives to properly align their investments with the Paris Agreement; We have encouraged four of the most promising initiatives* tackling different aspects of the project value chain, to develop and pilot a collaborative framework for technical assistance,…
Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the High Level Panel on Sustainable Ocean Economy

Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the High Level Panel on Sustainable Ocean Economy

September, 24 2019
Colleague Heads of State and Government, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. I wish to start by thanking Prime Minister Solberg for her leadership on matters of The Blue Economy, Ocean Health, and Climate Change. This has manifested in the work of the High Level Panel which is making great strides in delivering on its mandate to “develop, catalyse and support solutions for Ocean health and wealth, in policy, governance, technology and finance, which are critical to development and sustainability.” It is also important to acknowledge the work of the secretariat from the World Resources Institute and the many experts who have committed to: the development of the Blue Papers, the Report before us today, and; indeed, what will ultimately constitute the final report consolidating the work of this Panel.  As it continues to examine the issues of Climate Change, Illegal Unreported & Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Fishing Subsidies, the Panel has determined that these are areas critical to Ocean Health. I wish also to acknowledge and thank the members of the Panel however, for agreeing with Jamaica’s call to expand the scope of work, and to establish a working group to examine “Leadership & Action on Sustainable Tourism”. For many SIDS,…
Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019

Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019

September, 24 2019
Colleagues, the global financing system requires an immediate transformation. It must be science-based; technically appropriate; transparent and supported by accurate and inclusive tracking methodologies. Let us look at some of these system fixes: The PACTA Risk scenario analysis tools already applied by over 600 financial institutions worldwide, could be adopted by private investors to align their portfolios with the Paris Agreement. The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures should be used to better inform investors on climate-related financial risk. Yesterday, the Principles of Responsible Banking were adopted by over 130 banks from over 45 countries, representing more than $47 trillion in assets. In addition, 42 major central banks and supervisory authorities have come together under the Network for Greening the Financial System. We encourage increased global participation in this valuable framework. We applaud the private sector-led Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment, which seeks to address pricing and re-distribution of climate risk. Jamaica looks forward to being one of the first countries to pilot this initiative. On the public sector side, the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action is actively promoting increased application of fiscal policy measures in public finance.  Jamaica has joined this coalition of expert practitioners, which will…

Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the High-Level Luncheon: An Urgent Call for Countries to Partner for Climate Action

September, 24 2019
My colleague cohost Prime Minister Solberg of Norway Other Heads of State and Heads of Government present Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen I am honoured to co-host with Prime Minister Solberg, this High-Level Luncheon, and I am grateful for your overwhelming support in response to our urgent call for countries to partner for climate action. For Jamaica, it was important to emphasize the term “partnership” even before talking about climate finance. Why? Because we believe a partnership approach would generate the type of response across countries necessary to create long-term mobilization of the financial resources small island developing states (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) urgently need to prepare, adapt and indeed thrive in the wake of climate change. The presence of Heads of State and Heads of Government, Ministers, UN and other officials, key partners from near and far, is testament to the importance the international community attaches to climate finance. Within the context of the Climate Action Summit, Jamaica submitted to the UN Secretary-General, a plan to enhance our 2020 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC); which includes more ambitious targets for: renewable energy, emissions reductions, sustainable land use and forest management, low carbon transport, increased investments in sustainable infrastructure and;…

The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP on behalf of the Climate Finance and Carbon Pricing Track Briefing to the UN Secretary General New York, September 22, 2019

September, 24 2019
Secretary General: In attention to our mandate to lead a process of climate finance mobilization; we carefully identified and discussed each of the challenges preventing financing from reaching the most vulnerable and embarked on a thorough process of assessment of existing and new initiatives.  I am therefore pleased to report a few of our main achievements: We collectively encouraged all MDBs to scale-up climate finance ambition from project inception to project delivery, increase finance for adaptation, offer more guarantee instruments, increase private sector leverage and accelerate the deployment of more innovative financing instruments; We advocated with donor countries for an ambitious replenishment of the Green Climate Fund. Just moments before this briefing we wrapped up a luncheon with over 45 countries, both donor and beneficiaries; and I am confident that as a result new ambitious announcements will be made tomorrow; We provided the necessary space for the private sector to be part of this conversation, which generated momentum in the development of strong private sector led initiatives to properly align their investments with the Paris Agreement; We have encouraged four of the most promising initiatives* tackling different aspects of the project value chain, to develop and pilot a collaborative framework for technical assistance,…

Remarks by Hon. Daryl Vaz, MP Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation, Jamaica on behalf of the Most Hon Andrew Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica at the UN Trade Forum: SDGs & Climate Change on September 9, 2019

September, 10 2019
Thank you, Madame Chair I am honoured to be representing The Most Hon. Andrew Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica, at this important gathering which is a necessary precursor to the United Nations Climate Action Summit which is scheduled to take place later this month at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. I bring greetings on behalf of Prime Minister Holness who has asked me to commend UNCTAD for the foresight in organizing this meeting and for the Organization’s extensive work in this area. This year is especially relevant as climate action talks gain more momentum and rightly so. From the devastation of our sister island, the Bahamas, to the assessed impact of the raging fires in the Amazon, recent events have continued to cement what we have long believed - that climate change remains a grave concern, is a clear and present threat to human societies and many countries and ecosystems are approaching the limits of their adaptive capacities. For Jamaica, within the last few years, the effects of climate change have become more and more evident and coupled with our status as a small island developing state, our story is one which reveals how the negative…